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Here’s the easiest way to find, lock, or wipe your lost Android phone Technology 

Here’s the easiest way to find, lock, or wipe your lost Android phone

While some Android manufacturers include their own phone recovery services, Google builds a ‘Find My Device’ feature onto every Android phone or tablet – not just Pixels. Since Google also happens to be a search engine giant, all it takes to get started is to type ‘find my phone’ on google.com. If you are signed into the Google account linked to your phone – you may be asked to sign again – you should see a large information card with a map pop up right in the search results. Heck,…

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Facial recognition… coming to a supermarket near you News 

Facial recognition… coming to a supermarket near you

Paul Wilks runs a Budgens supermarket in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Like most retail owners, he’d had problems with shoplifting – largely carried out by a relatively small number of repeat offenders. Then a year or so ago, exasperated, he installed something called Facewatch. It’s a facial-recognition system that watches people coming into the store; it has a database of “subjects of interest” (SOIs), and if it recognises one, it sends a discreet alert to the store manager. “If someone triggers the alert,” says Paul, “they’re approached by a member of management,…

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One Million Bank Phone Calls Found in Exposed Server News 

One Million Bank Phone Calls Found in Exposed Server

A bank has left more than one million audio recordings of phone calls seemingly made by bank employees exposed to the open internet, letting anyone listen in on sensitive conversations, including ones with potential customers. The unusual data exposure comes shortly after financial giant Capital One announced its own data breach of records of more than 100 million people. Bank of Cardiff, based in San Diego, California, provides loans for small and large businesses, as well as loans for buying business equipment such as treadmills for gyms, construction equipment for…

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StockX was hacked, exposing millions of customers’ data Technology 

StockX was hacked, exposing millions of customers’ data

It wasn’t “system updates” as it claimed. StockX was mopping up after a data breach, TechCrunch can confirm. The fashion and sneaker trading platform pushed out a password reset email to its users on Thursday citing “system updates,” but left users confused and scrambling for answers. StockX told users that the email was legitimate and not a phishing email as some had suspected, but did not say what caused the alleged system update or why there was no prior warning. A spokesperson eventually told TechCrunch that the company was “alerted…

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Democrats or Republicans: Which party has the best plan to fix Social Security? News 

Democrats or Republicans: Which party has the best plan to fix Social Security?

Ready or not, Social Security is inching closer to the biggest challenge it’s faced since its inception. According to the latest Social Security Board of Trustees report, the program that currently pays benefits to more than 63 million people a month, and to which 62% of retired workers lean on for at least half of their monthly payout, is set to completely exhaust its nearly $2.9 trillion in asset reserves by 2035. Now, there is good news – namely, that the Social Security program isn’t going bankrupt, even if it…

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How to Prevent Amazon From Reviewing Your Alexa Convos Technology 

How to Prevent Amazon From Reviewing Your Alexa Convos

After a Guardian story revealed that Apple uses human contractors to review some of its Siri recordings this week, Apple made the decision to temporarily suspend the program. Google followed suit with its virtual assistant, and now Amazon has done the same for Alexa—except instead of ditching the human review it’s just added the option to expressly opt-out of it. Previously you were able to set Alexa’s permissions so that your recordings would not be used to help develop new device features. While that move also technically took your recordings…

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Everyone’s Social Security Number Has Been Compromised. Here’s How To Protect Yourself. News 

Everyone’s Social Security Number Has Been Compromised. Here’s How To Protect Yourself.

Every day, it seems, another data security disaster puts our personal information at risk. If it’s not a major hotel or restaurant chain getting hacked, it’s a financial institution. Following breaches at Capital One, Equifax and a slew of other financial and healthcare organizations, there’s little doubt that your social security number has been compromised, say cybersecurity experts. Not just yours. Mine, too, as well as those of our spouses, neighbors, friends and colleagues. “Your social security number is somewhere out there on the dark web,” says Charles Henderson, who…

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Apple’s credit card has some very specific rules Technology 

Apple’s credit card has some very specific rules

Apple’s credit card is launching soon, and it looks like the highly anticipated card will come with a few unusual rules. Goldman Sachs, which partnered with Apple on the card, published the customer agreement, revealing a few new details about the iPhone maker’s new offering. Though many of the rules are what you’d expect to find in the fine print of any credit card, there are some notable parts of the agreement. For one, the terms explicitly forbid credit card users from jailbreaking their iPhones. From the agreement (emphasis added):…

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iPhone, iPad Tip: How To Download Free Music Technology 

iPhone, iPad Tip: How To Download Free Music

Apple devices usually provide most of downloadable entertainment media such as music and videos for a price. However, iPhone and iPad owners still have options for downloading free music on their devices. Here are some ways to download free music on your iPhone or iPad. iOS 13 Safari In the latest version of the iOS 13, the Safari has a feature which allows users to download .mp3 files off websites. Simply find a site that has the song you want and tap the download button. The place where you store…

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A New Bill Could Make Health Savings Accounts More Accessible To Older Workers News 

A New Bill Could Make Health Savings Accounts More Accessible To Older Workers

Millions of seniors struggle to pay for healthcare during retirement, which is why saving for future medical expenses in a health savings account often makes sense. A health savings account, or HSA, is a hybrid savings and investment account earmarked for healthcare costs. HSAs are funded with pre-tax dollars, and that money can then be used to pay for qualified medical expenses that pop up immediately, as well as in the future. Any funds that aren’t used, however, are invested for added tax-free growth. And all withdrawals are tax-free provided…

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